July 6, 2012

Welcome To Summer Short And Sweets!!!

Did everyone have a nice 4th of July?  I hope so!

I'm happy to report that we celebrated with homemade blueberry pie and vanilla ice cream (that's white and blue, anyway, even if we a little short in the red department) and watching the fireworks above the valley from my parents' back deck :)

And now, at last, it's finally Friday and time to kick off Summer Short & Sweets!!!

First things first.....

Please help yourself to a beach cookie (or 2 or 5)...

...and some fresh lemonade :)

Ah!  Summery :)

And now, the moment you've all been waiting for (or at least the moment I've all been waiting for :))
duhn duhn duhn.... the big unveiling!!!

TA-DA!
Badge created by the incomparable Loni Edwards
Just look at this creation of beauty which you may all help yourselves to if you so desire!!!  I hope you're able to read the part that says "Writing For Kittens" :)  (I also hope that if you need any art work done for any reason you will contact Loni - she does such great art and is a joy to work with :)  Same goes for Heather... but more about that in a few weeks... I am all about the surprises up my sleeve :))

Let's start with a brief explanation of SS&S because I'm not actually sure I wrote this down yet anywhere :)

The object of Summer Short & Sweets is to keep our writing oars in even as we are caught up in the happy, busy, outdoor fun of summer.  We do not want our writing brains to go on luxury vacation because they are SO hard to jump start when school starts.  The Short & Sweets will be little fun exercises we can do together and share to keep those writing sparks flying and to make sure we write a little even while we're playing whiffle ball, backyard volleyball, and frisbee golf, making sure our toddlers don't fall in the pool or get swept away by ocean waves or buried by their older siblings in the sandbox, taking our pre-teens to Little League or Lego Tournaments or tap lessons, teaching our 16-year-olds to drive (I personally am sporting a whole new streak of gray hair, and the imaginary brake on the passenger side of the car is getting quite a workout :)), and tending campfires while we watch the summer sun swim down below the western hills and the fireflies come out (and if you're at my house, watch the marshmallows catch on fire and become charcoal covered goo on a stick :))

Short & Sweets will last for 8 weeks, each Friday from today through Friday August 24.  For every Short & Sweet entry you write into the comments you will receive 1 point.  You may of course write 2 entries, (or even 3 or 5 or 7 if you are feeling inspired!)  At the end of Short & Sweets there will be prizes (which I am still working on) that will be based on the total points for the summer.  The minimum number to qualify for a prize will be 8 points - 1 each week of Short & Sweets.  If you choose to do more, you can rack up points and I'll make sure you get something good! but you must do at least one each week to qualify.  The more points you have, the better the prizes.  I'm going to try to get you some critiques as well as signed books and other goodies :)  Feel free to let me know if there's something in particular your little hearts desire as a prize.

The other advantage of Short & Sweets?  We will all inspire each other's creativity.  Once you've put your challenge response in the comments, scroll through everyone else's and see what they came up with.  Maybe your own entry won't spark a story idea for you, but maybe someone else's will!  (And don't worry - everything will be vague enough that there's no way 2 people will ever write the same story off the same prompt.  It just doesn't work that way :))

Now then.  Are you ready for some Short & Sweet fun???

Here's today's challenge.  We'll start nice and easy :)

In the comment section below, list the first five nouns, the first five adjectives, and the first five verbs that come to mind when you think about either the beach, the town pool, or the local ice cream shop.  (And when I say the first five, I just mean don't spend forever on it - you can tweak the words that come to mind into more descriptive ones if you like - run into chase for example - but this whole exercise shouldn't take more than about 2 or 3 minutes.)  Then pick one each of your nouns, adjectives and verbs and write a sentence that could start a story!

Here's an example for the beach:
Nouns: shells, waves, sun, seagulls, kite
Adjectives: windy, salty, bright, wet, sandy
Verbs: dig, chase, squeal, laugh, splash
Howard was digging down through the wet sand when his shovel hit something hard that glinted in the sun.

See how easy?  Now you try!

And as an example of where you might go with this, if anyone wants to take Howard and run with him while you're lifeguarding at the edge of the pool later or chauffeuring the littles around town, the obvious thing for his shovel to hit would be a pirate's treasure chest, but what if it was something else?  An old English car that had somehow crossed the ocean and wound up on Howard's beach... A genie's lamp... A silver medallion with a huge emerald in the center and words in a mysterious language around the edge...  A dinosaur scale... that was still attached to the dinosaur!...  A giant's gold-capped tooth...! :)

I hope you will think this is Short, Sweet, and fun!  I'm really looking forward to seeing what people come up with!  And if anyone ends up getting a story idea out of this, please tell us!  Any 12x12ers, this might be a great place to start thinking for your July manuscript :)

Have fun, have a great weekend, and please tune in Monday for Q&A with the fabulous editor, Erin Molta!

Reactions:

95 comments:

  1. thefeatherednestJuly 6, 2012 at 7:48 AM

    shop/counter/chair/icecream/server...dim/cool/lsmall/quiet/heavenly....slip/ease/choose/relax/enjoy
    The server leaned over the counter and in the dim light of the little ice cream shop whispered, with an evil lisp, "What flavour will you choothe today, witthe child?"

    ReplyDelete
  2. I love SS&S, S!!
    Nouns: sea glass, sandcastle, lifeguard, towel, umbrella
    Adjs: hot, salty, fishy, gritty, red
    Verbs: sweat, splash, dig, laugh, squish
    Meg dug through the sand, and what did she find? A piece of red sea glass - one of a kind!

    ReplyDelete
  3. I've never considered myself a writer, but here goes...

    nouns: water, reflection, towels, lounge chair, book
    adjective: blue, calm, quiet, refreshing, peaceful
    verbs: relax, breathe, read, invite, aniticipate

    When I looked out back, the pool invited me; its quiet reflection of the sky whispered, "Here, finally is a place you can breathe."

    ReplyDelete
  4. I'm so excited! The first S&S entry! And I love it - so chilling :)

    ReplyDelete
  5. I'm so excited you like it! Love your entry - what are you, a habitual rhymer or something? :)

    ReplyDelete
  6. What a fun idea, Susanna. And I can actually handle this one. :) Here's mine:

    Nouns: rocks, sand, bucket, sandals, cookies
    Adjectives: peaceful, scary, burning, cranky, dripping
    Verbs: sift, scowl, pour, drench, hide
    Cranky as a hermit crab, Ida stamped the burning sand out of her sandals and scowled.

    Yes...speaking from personal experience...

    ReplyDelete
  7. This is lovely, Lynn! It might be time to start thinking of yourself as a writer :)

    ReplyDelete
  8. Is 'Ida' your pseudonym? Your phrase, Cranky as a hermit crab" sparked a rhyming story idea - can I borrow it?

    ReplyDelete
  9. or something :-)

    ReplyDelete
  10. N: sand dollars, sea gulls, dolphins, kites, Newport Beach
    adj: salty, breezy, sandy, fishy, warm
    V: bury, jump, fly, visit, scavenge

    Every time Anna visits Newport Beach, something fishy catches her eye.

    (This is true. When we lived in CA, every time we'd see a new creature!)

    ReplyDelete
  11. That is the whole point, Renee - easy and fun :) LOVE your entry! (And sorry if it means you burned the soles of your feet! :))

    ReplyDelete
  12. :) And how fun that Renee's sparked an idea for you - that's what this is all about!!! :)































    Ldegman wrote, in response to Susanna Leonard Hill:


    or something :-)


    Link to comment
    IP address: 76.245.198.181

    ReplyDelete
  13. Ooh! Love it! Great one, Tina. This is so much fun :)

    ReplyDelete
  14. For the local ice cream shop,
    Nouns: waffles, containers, cones, sprinkles, chocolate
    Adjectives: gooey, yummy, cool, refreshing, melting
    Verbs: licking, tasting, biting, running, sharing
    Bob started licking and biting his refreshing chocolate ice cream in a waffle cone, while still looking at the containers full of gooey, yummy flavors. His ice cream was melting like crazy. Ahhhh... The ice cream really cooled him off...

    ReplyDelete
  15. beach, waves, sandcastle, boat, boy - gentle, sunny, calm, large, beautiful - swim, relax, laugh, gulp, dig

    The lapping waves suddenly thrashed and clawed their way up the beach as Tommy dug a sandcastle with his back to the water.

    ReplyDelete
  16. Let me give this a go with the local pool:
    Nouns: teenagers, bikinis, swimming trunks, lifeguard, towels
    Adjectives: loud, sunny, slippery, warm, chilly
    Verbs: splashing, running, whistle-blowing, blushing, laughing

    Missy blushed, her cheeks warming as she stole another glance at the cute lifeguard on duty.

    ReplyDelete
  17. Excellent, Erik! Thanks for joining the fun :)

    ReplyDelete
  18. Ooh, I love it, but I am worried for Tommy! :)

    ReplyDelete
  19. Love it, Angela! I think this one is a YA and haven't we all been in Missy's sandals (well, at least the girls among us :))

    ReplyDelete
  20. puppy, lifeguard, chair, water, toys
    sat, dove, jumped, slid, barked
    sunny, blue, clear, happy, warm

    Muffin leapt from his lifeguard chair at the Puppy Pool and barked to the three puppies that were biting the water toys.

    ReplyDelete
  21. nouns: clams, hermit crabs, claws, children, rocks
    verbs: swim, crawl, stand, surf, sail, dig
    adjective: smooth, clear, sharp, decrepit, cloudy

    Sharon's sharp claws pulled her through the cloudy water away from the children who were trying to dig up as many hermit crabs as they could.

    ReplyDelete
  22. Good one, Genevieve! And I have to wonder, with a name like Muffin, is this about one of Cupcakes relations? :)

    ReplyDelete
  23. Oh, I love this! One from the POV of the hermit crab instead of the child!

    ReplyDelete
  24. ocean, water, waves, sun, heat
    salty,cold, deep, breezy, fun
    wading, tasting,swimming, dive, bob
    The cold ocean water slapped near my chin and I waded deeper tasting salt on my lips.
    :)

    ReplyDelete
  25. Well, Susanna, this is another winning idea...what fun!
    towels/umbrella/beach/waves/sand...crashing/dark/hot/sunny/rough...hate/huddle/terrify/scratch/burn
    Sarah huddled in a dark corner of her room while her family packed the car with towels, umbrella and cooler. "What will I do" she worried. "The rough sand scratches me, the hot sun burns me and the crashing waves terrify me...I hate the beach!"

    ReplyDelete
  26. woo-hoo, sounds like fun!

    Noun: Seaweed, Seashells, Sandcastles, Seagulls, Ships
    Adj: Salty, Sweltering, Breezy, Cold, Noisy
    Verbs: Crash, Stroll, Build, Flying, Sailing

    Marty the seagull crashed into the sandcastle, "Sorry mate, it was a little breezy."

    ReplyDelete
  27. This is great, Vivian! You've even got a problem right up front. Looks like the start of a great PB to me :)

    ReplyDelete
  28. Ooh! Crash landing by a seagull! I love it! :)

    ReplyDelete
  29. NOUNS: Umbrella, sandcastle, crabs, towel, kids
    ADJ: Happy, sunny, joyful, balmy, carefree
    VERBS: build, swim, surf, throw, giggle

    What stared out as a carefree day at the beach building sandcastles, suddenly turned ugly when HE swam by.

    ReplyDelete
  30. Excellent! You've certainly got me wondering who "HE" is!

    ReplyDelete
  31. Nouns: clams, driftwood, tide, footprints, sandcastle
    Adjectives: gnarled, elaborate, tiny, lazy, hot
    Verbs: washed, led, burrowed, sank, burned

    Tiny footprints began at the door of the sandcastle and led towards the water's edge, where the tide was advancing.

    ReplyDelete
  32. Jennifer RumbergerJuly 6, 2012 at 7:00 PM

    How fun! Short, easy writing exercises are great!

    nouns: sand dollar/shovel/seaweed/waves/sand castle
    adjectives: yellow/sunny/smooth/gritty/breezy
    verbs: run/build/throw/dig/jump
    Maddie jumped out of the waves and ran toward her mother's yellow beach umbrella.

    ReplyDelete
  33. Hi Susanna...just wanted to let you know that I've passed along several awards to you: http://viviankirkfield.wordpress.com/2012/07/07/and-the-winner-is-awards-and-a-giveaway/ Your blog inspires, educates and entertains!

    ReplyDelete
  34. Lovely, Jennifer! What will Maddie do when she gets there? Will her mother actually be behind the umbrella, or will she have disappeared...? :) Thanks for joining in the fun!

    ReplyDelete
  35. Ooh, I love this, Beth! Whose tiny footprints? And why are they headed toward the advancing tide? And what will happen if they get too close to the water? Thanks for playing along :)

    ReplyDelete
  36. Thanks for the cookie and lemonade...love sweet treats!

    cobblestone - summer - - ice cream cone - street
    licked/lapping (ice cream), slurped, spiled, look,
    hot, sticky, melt, delicious, excited

    The sticky, pink trail of strawberry delight ice cream streamed down her arm. Thinking no one saw her, she quickly lapped up its summery goodness. She glanced toward the back of the line that had now spilled onto the cobblestone road and noticed Mrs. Flanagan, her etiquette sponsor.

    I know you said one line, but...

    ReplyDelete
  37. I sure consider you a writer. This is good__poetic, even.

    ReplyDelete
  38. I only said one line so people would feel they could manage - more is fine :) Love your story beginning, and dying to know what an etiquette sponsor is and why you would have one... :)

    ReplyDelete
  39. seagulls, sand, salt, towels, sandwich
    breezy, playful, sunny, peaceful, relaxing
    swim, sleep, eat, read, relax

    She was looking forward to a relaxing lunch under the sun until a seagull swooped down and snatched the sandwich from her hand.

    ReplyDelete
  40. Nouns: sandcastle, wave, dunes, sunset, kayak
    Adjectives: sandy, gritty, crowded, hot, wet
    Verbs: splash, crash, paddle, jump, shells

    With one swift pound from the giant wave, Spencer’s prize winning sandcastle came crashing down.

    ReplyDelete
  41. Aw, poor Spencer! What will he do now?! I like that you thought of the word kayak - it didn't pop to my mind but makes me think of a whole nother range of story ideas! Thanks for joining in the fun Lori!

    ReplyDelete
  42. Good one Ruth! Those seagulls are so brazen, aren't they? Bold as brass! They'll come right up to you and steal stuff. One year we had these awesome chocolate chip cookies from Something Natural and a seagull grabbed the whole bag! Luckily we got it back :) Thanks for playing along :)

    ReplyDelete
  43. Noun: sun, shells, waves, beach, treasures
    Adjective: sunny, random, warm, sharp, salty
    Verb: walk, churn, uncover, swim, skip

    Colby loved combing the beat up beach after a storm to uncover random treasures the churning waves placed on the sand for only the sharpest eye to find.

    I hope I didn't break the rules by posting on Saturday. Am I late? Is this supposed to be a Friday-only deal?

    ReplyDelete
  44. Penny KlostermannJuly 7, 2012 at 9:01 AM

    Starfish, seaweed, pelican, pufferfish, party
    Turquoise, spiky, foamy, shadowy, sunny
    Balanced, flipped, flew, darted, dove

    "I'm just a balloon to them," thought Puffy, as he darted behind the seaweed and watched the party.

    ReplyDelete
  45. Oh, I love it, Penny! What a great opening sentence! Looking forward to reading the rest of the story.... :)

    ReplyDelete
  46. I love your opening sentence, Kim! And no worries about commenting day - any time is fine as long this exercise winds up on this post. I should probably make that clearer! Thanks for joining in the fun :)

    ReplyDelete
  47. I hope I'm not too late to join in the fun?

    Nouns: Waves, seagull, rock, camera, bomb
    Adjectives: glistening, licked, gooey, floppy, webbed
    Verbs: splashed, squawked, clicked, flapped, skimmed

    Waves splashed the glistening rock, licking Stevie seagull’s webbed feet. He swiveled his neck. Hey lady, one step closer—
    A camera shutter clicked.
    He squawked, flapped his wings, and skimmed the ladies head. A gooey bomb plopped on her floppy hat. Bulls-eye!

    ReplyDelete
  48. Love it, Tracy! And not too late :) I have been pooped on by a bird twice. They say it's good luck but boy is it gross! :)































    Tracy Campbell wrote, in response to Susanna Leonard Hill:


    I hope I'm not too late to join in the fun?

    Nouns: Waves, seagull, rock, camera, bomb
    Adjectives: glistening, licked, gooey, floppy, webbed
    Verbs: splashed, squawked, clicked, flapped, skimmed

    Waves splashed the glistening rock, licking Stevie seagull’s webbed feet. He swiveled his neck. Hey lady, one step closer— A camera shutter clicked.
    He squawked, flapped his wings, and skimmed the ladies head. A gooey bomb plopped on her floppy hat. Bulls-eye!




    User's website
    Link to comment
    IP address: 24.138.105.219

    ReplyDelete
  49. Wonderful! I'm glad you've let me join in. I'll be linking this on my blog later today. And Susanna, glad you loved my wacky piece.

    ReplyDelete
  50. Oh yes, I've been pooped on too! Yuck!

    ReplyDelete
  51. :)































    Tracy Campbell wrote, in response to Susanna Leonard Hill:


    Wonderful! I'm glad you've let me join in. I'll be linking this on my blog later today. And Susanna, glad you loved my wacky piece.


    User's website
    Link to comment
    IP address: 24.138.105.219

    ReplyDelete
  52. Thanks for the props on the badge Susanna! I'm so glad you liked it :)

    I'm late to the party, sorry, I had to work. But here is my entry which did fuel me into thinking about my July MS - Hooray!

    guitar, rocks, waves, ocean, beach, boy
    gentle, rocky, salty, carefully, jagged
    listen, climb, move, avoid, see

    The sound of a guitar gently filled the salty air as James climbed along the jagged rocks, carefully avoiding the lapping waves.

    ReplyDelete
  53. I love it! :) So glad you were able to put in a response and that it gave you a story idea! I love that you thought of guitar. It's so fun how everyone thinks up different words!

    ReplyDelete
  54. Penny KlostermannJuly 7, 2012 at 1:50 PM

    So you said we could write more than one...and I had a shower inspiration! I had to keep repeating it while I rinsed my hair! It's another ocean one, so if I can only have one ocean one...that's OK. I just have fun doing this kind of thing.

    shark, fish, sand, park, dog
    sunny, sinister, seaside, relaxing, crunchy
    surveilling, swishing, swimming, crashing, swirling

    Swishy spotted a sinister shark
    surveilling the sandy seaside park.

    ReplyDelete
  55. Ooh! Another good one! (And yes, you can do as many as you want, and they can be on the same topic or different ones - it's just for fun and inspiration :))

    ReplyDelete
  56. pebbles, book, jellyfish, snorkel, yachts
    scorching, crowded, calm, clear, underwater
    read, dive, float, scream, cool off

    Floating far from the crowded beach, Gerry discovered an underwater world of plastic bags, discarded cans and other debris discarded by the flashy yachts.

    ReplyDelete
  57. This is great, Joanna! I sense a story that involves recycling or being careful to dispose of waste properly! When we were in Nantucket, a seal beached itself near us because it had some kind of plastic string stuck around its neck. It was awful! About 4 of us called the island animal rescue and we were assured a professional would be out to take care of it. We took turns keeping people away until the guy arrived. We did not have the last turn (had to take the kids in for lunch finally) but the next day the seal was gone, so hopefully it all worked out. Still, a good reason to be so careful with what you throw away!

    ReplyDelete
  58. Nouns: kids, sand, sunscreen, towels, waves
    Adj: bright, hot, sticky, sweaty, frazzled
    Verb: sit, sweat, stare, snooze, wish

    Her hands slick with sunscreen, Izzy pushed back her sandy hair and stared at the waves, trying to spot the crazy kids she had been hired to babysit.

    ReplyDelete
  59. Great beginning! Babysitter plus kids at the beach sounds like there's all kinds of room for adventure or trouble :) Thanks for playing along :)

    ReplyDelete
  60. Ice Cream Shop
    Nouns: sundae, dish, milkshake, cow, hot fudge
    Adjectives: delicious, creamy, cool, smooth, chocolate
    Verbs: gobble, munch, enjoy, relax, lick

    Bossie and Berta stood in their stalls, gobbling hay and bickering over whose milk made a better milkshake — Bossie’s chocolate or Berta’s strawberry.

    I can't wait to read through the others. What a fun idea, Susanna!

    ReplyDelete
  61. So glad you enjoyed it, Carrie! I enjoyed your entry - what a fun one! Thanks for joining in!

    ReplyDelete
  62. moonlight, mist, stars, waves, mermaid
    shimmer, dashing, blinking, crashing, quiet
    sing, stroll, laugh, swim, play

    The mermaid playfully danced among the waves in the moonlight.

    Stars shimmered in the sky as two young lovers strolled along the water's edge.

    ReplyDelete
  63. Oh, poor seal! I am so glad it was people like your family that found him and alerted the animal rescue, as these things are best left to the experts...

    ReplyDelete
  64. He was OK besides the thing around his neck - healthy looking. Although I didn't see the actual rescue, I like to believe they came and got the thing off and he went happily back into the ocean.































    Joanna Marple wrote, in response to Susanna Leonard Hill:

    Oh, poor seal! I am so glad it was people like your family that found him and alerted the animal rescue, as these things are best left to the experts...

    Link to comment
    IP address: 88.168.146.26

    ReplyDelete
  65. Both great, Donna! Thanks for joining in even though you're super busy! I hope the writing is going well :)

    ReplyDelete
  66. Hi Susanna,
    I've been stalking your blog during your pitch contests. Summer Short & Sweets sound doable so here I am as a first time participant of your blog.
    Nouns: Pool, beach, sun, waves, sand
    Verbs: Swim, surf, relax, crash, play
    Adjectives: breezy, hot, fun, exciting, cool
    All the sea snails clung to the reef as the waves came crashing, but Sammy got swept away.

    ReplyDelete
  67. Hi Romelle! I'm so glad you're joining in! And I love your entry. Poor Sammy - I'm worried about him!! I hope he's being swept off to grand adventure :)

    ReplyDelete
  68. I'm a bit late to the party, but here goes!
    Toes, pizza, backyard, fly, apple core
    Sweaty, salty, stinky, breezy, loud
    Flinch, shudder, toss, wiggle, swoop

    "With a loud battle cry, the fly swooped down towards the sweaty boy eating pizza in the backyard."

    ReplyDelete
  69. Better late than never is what I always say (probably because I'm always late :)) So glad you came to join the fun! Love your entry - I can totally picture the art :)

    ReplyDelete
  70. Short and Sweet…A Story…
    Posted on July 9, 2012
    This is a little brain exercise using 5 nouns, 5 adjectives and 5 verbs…With these words, I invent a story…Here goes…

    5 nouns…sand, air, rocks, trees, waves…

    5 adjectives…fresh, slippery, cool, wet, huge…

    5 verbs…breathe, walk, climb, sit, lay…

    While walking on the hot sand, I decided to breathe it all in and cool my feet on a very slippery rock…/

    As I admired the waves, the next second I was laying in the shallow water looking at those huge massive trees on the shore…I had lost my footing and now my whole body was cool…It was shocking at first and then really refreshing…I decided to get myself re-balanced and just sit…There is much to be said for sitting…It is a beautiful thing…The world slows down right before your very eyes…I notice the shape of the waves after they flow over parts of my body…A bird flies by me so close that I can hear his wings moving the air…The rocks shimmer under the water as the waves subside…I’m going to sit more often…There are no accidents…I slipped…I sat…I felt…I climb out of the water a better person…

    I think this is supposed to be children’s story…I just wrote whatcame to mind…Not really a children’s story but I did enjoy writing and thinking about this…A fun exercise…

    ReplyDelete
  71. Short and Sweet…A Story…
    Posted on July 9, 2012
    This is a little brain exercise using 5 nouns, 5 adjectives and 5 verbs…With these words, I invent a story…Here goes…

    5 nouns…sand, air, rocks, trees, waves…

    5 adjectives…fresh, slippery, cool, wet, huge…

    5 verbs…breathe, walk, climb, sit, lay…

    While walking on the hot sand, I decided to breathe it all in and cool my feet on a very slippery rock…/

    As I admired the waves, the next second I was laying in the shallow water looking at those huge massive trees on the shore…I had lost my footing and now my whole body was cool…It was shocking at first and then really refreshing…I decided to get myself re-balanced and just sit…There is much to be said for sitting…It is a beautiful thing…The world slows down right before your very eyes…I notice the shape of the waves after they flow over parts of my body…A bird flies by me so close that I can hear his wings moving the air…The rocks shimmer under the water as the waves subside…I’m going to sit more often…There are no accidents…I slipped…I sat…I felt…I climb out of the water a better person…

    I think this is supposed to be children’s story…I just wrote what came to mind…Not really a children’s story but I did enjoy writing and thinking about this…A fun exercise…

    ReplyDelete
  72. Some how this went twice and I cannot seem to remove one...

    ReplyDelete
  73. So glad you enjoyed it, Karen! And so glad you joined in! Love your words, sentence, and how fun to get the story too :) No worries about the double post - I'll fix it if I get a minute.

    ReplyDelete
  74. Thanks so much for your reply Susanna!! Much appreciated...

    ReplyDelete
  75. I think I fixed the duplicate... although with me and technology you just never know :)































    Karen Lee wrote, in response to Susanna Leonard Hill:


    Thanks so much for your reply Susanna!! Much appreciated...


    User's website
    Link to comment
    IP address: 99.250.189.125

    ReplyDelete
  76. Thanks and I completely understand the sentiment...

    ReplyDelete
  77. Lovely! Karen, I'm glad you took my advice and joined in.

    ReplyDelete
  78. Ah, so you invited Karen! Thank you, Tracy! :)
































    Tracy Campbell wrote, in response to Karen Lee:


    Lovely! Karen, I'm glad you took my advice and joined in.



    User's website
    Link to comment
    IP address: 24.138.105.219

    ReplyDelete
  79. Running a bit late. Just found this link on Erik's blog.

    town pool
    nouns: lifeguard, diver, swimmer, toddler, parent
    verbs: step, dive, grab, toss, walk
    adjectives: pounding, cold, sunny, thundering, warning

    The lifeguard at Shady Glen Municipal Pool was warning a swimmer when the toddler stepped into the deep end of the pool.

    ReplyDelete
  80. Excellent, Sue! So glad you're joining us! Tune in tomorrow for more fun :)

    ReplyDelete
  81. Jennifer PoulterJuly 12, 2012 at 9:21 PM

    Nouns: tide, rocks, breakers, fish, tidal-pools
    Adjectives: flecked, gritty, abrasive, cool, salty
    Verbs: rushes, drowns, floats, swims, traps
    The tiny baby shark swam round and round in the tidal pool watched by the small boy who prayed quietly to himself that his older brother not find it.

    ReplyDelete
  82. Jennifer PoulterJuly 12, 2012 at 9:27 PM

    Terrific Idea, great challenge Susanna! :)

    ReplyDelete
  83. So glad you like it, Jennifer! It's not too late to join in :) and there will be a new one up tomorrow... :)

    ReplyDelete
  84. Wonderful, Jennifer! So glad you're joining in! (And ignore my other comment - your emails arrived out of order! :))

    ReplyDelete
  85. Jennifer PoulterJuly 12, 2012 at 9:58 PM

    Thanks for the invitation Susanna - how do you join in? [I had already posted my entry - was that okay?]

    ReplyDelete
  86. Your entry was great, Jennifer, and you've joined just by posting it - nothing else needed! Your emails came through out of order, so when I wrote the first response I hadn't seen that you already put in an entry!

    ReplyDelete
  87. The flipflop cookie looks real enough to wear, Susanna! I'm late, but here's my feeble attempt:

    The Beach

    Nouns: jellyfish, sand dollars, breeze, toes, sandcastles
    Adjectives: bright, toasted, squishy, energetic, lazy
    Verbs: skipping, danced, floating, gazing, twirled

    The birthday girl twirled her way across the sand, her hair blowing in the breeze until she felt something squishy-squashy beneath her feet...

    ReplyDelete
  88. This isn't feeble, Jarm! It's terrific! I'm thinking she stepped on a jellyfish - ick! :)

    ReplyDelete
  89. Vacation, birthday, bite, mint, friends
    visit, lick, smile, wait, watch
    purple, yummy, eager, happy, slow (The ice cream shop worker is always too slow.) *wink*
    On vacation, Gene licked his lips as he waited for that yummy, purple ice cream cone to mold with his tongue.

    *sigh* I'm no Johnny on the spot. It took me two minutes to come up with that junk. (But it's in honor of my hubby. He loves to go to Gastonia and get a grape ice cream cone.) Ha!

    I think I'm all caught up. I think.

    ReplyDelete
  90. Genius! I love it! Purple ice-cream yum! :) You are amazing to be trying to catch up after all you've been through. Extra ice cream for you :)





























    Robyn Campbell wrote :


    Vacation, birthday, bite, mint, friends
    visit, lick, smile, wait, watch
    purple, yummy, eager, happy, slow (The ice cream shop worker is always too slow.) *wink*

    ReplyDelete
  91. Nouns: picnic table, sugar cone, ice cream, line, napkin
    Adjectives: sweet, impatient, sticky, messy, generous
    Verbs: drip, fall, scoop, lick, shiver
    Distracted and impatient, I lick my dripping cone too hard and my minty confection tumbles to the ground.

    ReplyDelete
  92. Excellent, Laura! Thanks so much for playing along! :)

    ReplyDelete
  93. sand,towel,trowel,castle,pants,itchy, scratchy, towering, heavy,tenacious,dig,pile,scrape,smear,bake;

    Jessie attacked the sand vigorously, smearing the scratchy particles up her pants leg and then scratching at them futilely with her trowel.

    ReplyDelete
  94. Good one, Essie! Thanks so much for visiting and joining in the fun!!! :)

    ReplyDelete

I love to hear from you and try to respond to every comment. Please share your thoughts!

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...